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in this debate tonight is to confirm some negative stereotype going into the debate whether it's president obama being arrogant or condescending or mitt romney caring only about a certain group of americans. >> classic moments. no doubt we're going to see moments like that tonight and throughout this campaign leading up to the election. larry kudlow back with us. we want to get your take on this. can something like that change the course of the election? >> oh, yeah. for one of these too. the other thing was a vice presidential debate. most people vote for president, not vice president. so something like that happened -- i don't really reckon that romney's going to stroll over to president obama. at least i hope not. one thing i will say, by the way, is if you go back to all those republican debates, we did the after-debate for one of them. romney's pretty good. he did very well in most of them. and two in particular. he took newt gingrich out in florida. at a moment when gingrich was really a big contender. romney took him out. >> even though the president, one of the best thing he does is spea
the debate, we saw that dropping in terms of chances for obama to be re-elected. i'm wondering, do you buy into the notion that perhaps stock futures are up this morning because it is perceived that romney did well in this debate? >> stock futures were up 7 1/2, at the top of the debate when it looked like he was really winning. at 4:00 a.m., they went back to 3 1/2. then spain did a fairly reasonable auction. >> auction, yeah. >> ecb. this debate had people transfixed for at least 27 to 35 minutes. in the stock market. then we were to, as always, which will spain survive? >> as we said, tomorrow the data continues. we'll get a jobs number. earnings on tuesday with alcoa. the media loves a comeback. that's what they'll spit out today. things could be very different in 24 hours. >> and you did a great job, i'd have to tell you, that the horse race element of it has always intrigued me as someone in media, but if i were a betting person and there was a stock obama is supposed to in trade, then i would say, look. i'm not buying puts. >> you'd be neutral. you'd have a neutral rating? a market
. >> no. i like gum. who doesn't. and biscuits. what's not to like? back to politics now. president obama's lead has narrowed heading into tonight's big debate. john harwood is in denver getting ready for the big event. john? >> reporter: melissa, we've got several pieces of encouraging news for mitt romney from not only the wall street poll but swing states poll. you mentioned that mitt romney's closed the deficit among likely voters for obama from five points to three points. and in florida, he's closed from five down to one which is tied given the margin of error in our poll. in virginia, he has closed the gap from five to two. if you look at the state of ohio, a must-win state for mitt romney, mathematically possible for him to get to it without it but his strategists think he needs it. he needs to make progress there. but the fact that some of the national polls are coming back a little bit, some of the swing state polls are tightening, is a bit of an earn couragement for romney that he still has an opportunity for deficit with three or four points to change the dynamic in some way.
the idea that the labor department is cooking these numbers to help president obama. people said that during the bush administration too. they accused the bush administration of doing that. it is just not true. doesn't happen that way. and i think people need to have a real debate over the argument and not a cartoon debate about somehow darkened conspiracies with the number. >> so the discussion will happen on the sunday shows whether or not the week was about the president's performance in the debate, or this economic data. which wins? which one is more important? >> you know, the debate was seen by tens of millions of people. i think that's important. i've said all along during the campaign, the jobless numbers have been hyped in their importance because people are living in this economy. they feel what's happening to their lives and their own prospects. this is good news for the president but doesn't change what voters already know about their own lives and the prospects for their kids to get ahead, the prospects for them to get jobs if they don't have jobs now. i wouldn't ove
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